Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta believes that Nerazzurri captain Lautaro Martinez will stay at the club for a long time.
Speaking at the DLA Piper Sport Forum 2023, via FCInter1908, the Inter executive also gave the view that it is not likely that the Nerazzurri will make a signing in January for a couple reasons.
Inter captain Martinez is a player whose future has been discussed a lot recently.
Not because the Argentine is being linked with any clubs other than Inter. Quite the opposite.
Reports have suggested that Inter are accelerating the process of offering their captain a new contract.
Martinez’s current contract still has a little while left on it. The 26-year-old’s deal expires at the end of June 2026.
But by all accounts, Inter want to hand their captain an extension until the end of June 2028.
Inter are keen to reward Martinez with a wage increase for his performances and his importance to the team.
Moreover, a new deal for the Argentine would certainly serve as a “hands off” message to other clubs.
Inter CEO Marotta: Lautaro Martinez Will Stay A Long Time
And for his part, Inter CEO Marotta feels that there is little reason to anything other than a positive conclusion to contract talks with Martinez and his agent.
“It’s not a problem,” he said of the contract situation.
“Lautaro has stated on several occasions that he wants to be here for a long time.”
“He’s a player we want to be at the centre of our project for both the present and the future.”
“We’re certain that when the will on both sides is to continue on together, then it becomes very simple,” Marotta said of the prospect of contract talks with Martinez.
And then the Inter CEO also gave the view that it is not likely that the club will make a signing in the January transfer market.
This despite the fact that fitness problems have rendered wingback Juan Cuadrado frequently unavailable.
“Cuadrado is suffering from an injury,” Marotta said. “Which is an ordinary part of running a club. It happens to many players.”
“We have a minimum number of injuries,” the Inter CEO continued.
“I would say no as far as signings during the January transfer window for two reasons,” Marotta said.
“First of all, because it’s hard to find good opportunities then.”
“And second of all, because we’ve already provided Inzaghi with a strong, complete squad,” he added.